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by Denis Chang

Author: Denis Chang
Design & Editing: Wayne Nakamura/HyperHip
Videography: Wayne Nakamura/HyperHip
French Translation: Eric Flanquart

Jazz Manouche or Gypsy Jazz, is a highly-evolved style of music, based on the guitar playing of Django Reinhardt. It requires a solid rhythmic foundation upon which a soloist may build his or her musical statement. The challenge lies in learning how to produce this rhythmic foundation, for Manouche rhythm can be both instantly recognizable to the audience and, frustratingly subtle to the student.

In “Jazz Manouche The Art of Accompaniment, this rhythmic foundation is disassembled, piece-by-piece, by instructor Denis Chang. With the aid of three students, Denis clearly illustrates how to produce, not just “acceptable” but “authentic” Manouche rhythm. Denis’ teaching methods follow the traditional Manouche approach of oral training. Reliance on theory and printed instruction is minimized as the student is encouraged to learn simply by watching, listening and repeating. Denis has had continued success with this approach with his own students.

Topics covered include:

Rhythm Styles • Straight Rhythm / Downstroke Style • The Right Hand • Outer String Exercise • Right Hand Review • The Left Hand • Gm6 G#m6 Am6 Exercise • G G7 C Cm G D7 Exercise • Swing Rhythm / Upstroke Style • Tremelo • Tremelo Variation • Upstroke Details • Upstroke & Downstroke Variations • Range of Motion • Subtle Upstroke • First Strum, Bass Only • Subtle vs Power Strum • Wet vs Dry Sound • Pick Preference • Timing • Metronome Exercises • Count Out a Rhythm Exercise • How to Start With Correct Rhythm • Metronome Exercise #4 • Rhythm Effects • Basic Effect • Triplet Roll • "Django" Effect • Triplet Exercise • "Exaggerated" Upstroke Effect • 2nd & 4th Beat Accents • Advanced Effects • Use Effects Tastefully • Waltz Rhythm • Bossa Rhythm • Bossa Variations • Bolero Rhythm • Bolero Variation #1 • Rumba Rhythm • Rumba Variation • Funk Rhythms • Romanian & Hungarian Rhythms • Chord Shapes • Major Chords • Minor Chords • 7th Chords • Minor Swing Voicings • Django Voicings • Django C Major • Dm6 Chord • E7 Chord • Bb7 Chord • Diminished Chords • 3 Note Chords • Dm G7 C Chord Progression • F Fm C A7 Dm7 G7 C Chord Progression • Two Fret Chord Approach Effect • G D7 Progression Variations • Importance of Rhythmic Variations • Simplifying Chord Progressions • Complicating a Simple Chord Progression • B7 E7 A7 D7 Chord Progression • Chromatic Descent Chord Progression • Spicing Up a C7 Progression • Song Endings • Intros • Minor Key Intros

Denis has a B.Mus. from McGill University and has received several scholarships from the Berklee College of Music. He has performed, studied and recorded with Fapy Lafertin, Ritary Gaguenetti, Andreas Öberg, Chriss Campion, Paulus Schäfer, Lollo Meier, and many others. He is an endorser of AJL guitars. He performs regularly with his band Flèche d’Or. To purchase CDs or to learn more about Denis, visit his website: www.fleche-dor.com

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Denis Chang
JAZZ MANOUCHE: The Art of Accompaniment
Hyperhip Media

When picking up an acoustic guitar, many players are drawn into playing Django-style rhythm. The fast chord changing gypsy jazz technique is also known as 'jazz manouche' and holding down this steady solid rhythm provides an amazing foundation for other players to solo over. This tutorial DVD is not heavy on theory but instead it concentrates on putting rhythm straight into action. Swing, upstrokes, downstrokes, right hand, accenting, fingering and chord shapes, it's all beautifully shown and it can be done on any style of guitar. With three students present, you are able to feel part of a class rather than just you and the master, and this helps with your own confidence as you learn with them rather than being overwhelmed by expertise. The Am6 chord is used extensively and as it neatly avoid open strings the shape proves very useful indeed. If you have any interest at all in gypsy jazz and love those old 'Hod Club' recordings by Reinhardt and Grappelli, this one is a real must. ****

Long-suffering rhythm guitarists finally have a corrective in Denis Chang's new instructional DVD, which should be required viewing for anyone interested in getting at the heart of the style.

Posted by jackbrown

Read the entire review at: www.djangology.net

i purchased his dvd because i am more interested in playing rhythm and understanding the music more than just memorizing it and replaying it. denis also clearly goes over how to play rhythm guitar. the technique tips he gives are very very very very very useful.

C. Robert

Read the entire review at: http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/gypsyjazzguitar/message/39566

Damn this is dense ! 2:30 is a pretty long time for an instructional DVD, but this one is packed full of information. It's not the kind of DVD you watch watch through once with your guitar and then you put it on the shelf. I think it'll take one 3 to 6 months to really assimilate the advices and to master the exercises.


Read the entire review at: http://www.djangobooks.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2757

This forum is also chock full of information and there are other web sites, but none of them could possibly get the essence of this music across the way it has been passed down traditionally, person-to-person, watching, listening, and repeating. That's why I'm glad I got Denis' DVD.

Jared VT, USA

Read the entire review at: http://www.djangobooks.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2810

Dennis Chang alias Mich-Mich (son pseudo sur les forums de manoucheux...) en plus d’être un très bon guitariste est également un excellent pédagogue. Ceux qui ont suivi une de ses master class savent de quoi je parle.



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